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West Riding
Darton Church.jpg
All Saints Church, Darton
Grid reference: SE309099
Location: 53°35’6"N, 1°31’57"W
Population: 21,345  (2011)
Post town: Barnsley
Postcode: S75
Dialling code: 01226
Local Government
Council: Barnsley
Barnsley Central

Darton is a large village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. At the time of the 2011 census, it had a population of 21,345.

The village stands on the banks of the River Dearne, directly to the east of Kexbrough, and is situated about a mile west of Mapplewell, five miles north of Barnsley, nine miles south-west of Wakefield, and almost twenty miles south of Leeds. It is served by the A637 road and is bisected by the M1 motorway (junction 38 being a mile to the north).


The name Darton is believed to be an amalgamation of "Dearne" and the Old English word tun"' (meaning 'village' or ‘estate’). However, other sources dispute this explanation and claim that the name originates from a description given to a deer enclosure or similar; ‘‘Deaorna tun’’. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Dertone.[1]

The hamlet grew to become a village so the Parish of Darton was founded in 1150, when the first church was built.


Darton has its own railway station on the Hallam Line which links train journeys between Sheffield and Leeds.[2]


On 15 June 2007, Darton hit the national headlines after 48 hours of torrential rain caused the River Dearne to burst its banks leading to heavy flooding in the village.[3][4][5] The main road through the village was rendered impassable and many homes and businesses were damaged, including the village post office, which re-opened in June 2008. Further flooding occurred in January 2008, although the damage and disruption caused this time was not as bad as the previous year's.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Darton)


  • Cricket: Darton Cricket Club
  • Football: North Gawber Colliery F.C.


  1. Darton in the Domesday Book
  2. Haigh, A J (2012). Railways in West Yorkshire : Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield & the West Riding : an illustrated general history of the railways in the West Riding from the grouping to the present time (2 ed.). Xpress Publishing. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-901056-44-0. 
  3. Lamond, Jessica (2012). "4". Flood hazards: Impacts and responses for the built environment. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-4398-2626-3. 
  4. "Worst deluge in decades". Yorkshire Post. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news?articleid=2959811. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  5. Darton Floods - 25th June 2007 - YouTube